Medical Week in Review 10.17.14

Phew! It's been a whirlwind of a week here at MidlevelU. From Nashville to Washington, D.C. and New York City, I've been traveling the East Coast to talk Ebola. How has your clinic or hospital been preparing for the possibility of a case of the virus? Or, have they been preparing at all? Health news has been quite heavy the past few days. So, today on the blog let's keep it light. Ease into your weekend by checking out a few of this week's other medical news tidbits.

U2's Bono reveals he has suffered from glaucoma for 20 years and that's why he wears the dark sunglasses. Still, they make a notable fashion statement.

Take your medicine, tap your phone, and win a prize. That's how a new health app works. The app's creators say the program helps motivate people to take their meds. Out of 7,800 patients on acne medication, users refilled their prescriptions more than three times as much as those who were not using the app. Not surprisingly, most prizes are comped by pharmaceutical companies.

Emotional troubles? Good luck getting an appointment with a psychiatrist! In one study only one-quarter of 360 docs agreed to see a patient. The average wait time for an appointment? 25 days.

10 pop culture icons who will make you rethink what it means to have OCD.

Halloween is just around the corner. In Colorado, trick-or-treat warnings are reaching an all time 'high'. Denver police warn of pot-laced candy as a result of marijuana's legalization.

Silicon Valley employers now offering to foot the bill for career-driven women to freeze their eggs. Some think of the move as a positive, empowering women in the workforce. Others aren't so sure. Healthcare providers warn that freezing one's eggs doesn't exactly stop the biological clock.

Dr. Paul Farmer, who's work in Haiti has been featured on the MidlevelU blog, talks Ebola at Stanford.

Nail beauty fanatics, beware! Researchers have devised equations to identify the laws governing nail growth. They reveal that regular, poor trimming can cause problems. Eventually, this can lead to a change in shape or curvature of the nail sparking conditions like ingrown toenails.

What's your fitness age? A new study shows a person's so-called fitness age may be a better predictor of lifespan than chronological age. The good news? While your chronological age is ever increasing, your fitness age can actually go down.

Have a wonderful weekend!